Sunday, October 3, 2010

Everything You Need to Know Before College

Everything You Need to Know Before College
Matthew Paul Turner
ISBN: 978-1576839737
May, 2006/224 pages/12.99

College. The utopian playground with no curfews, endless dating possibilities, and a blank check to write your own future. Complete freedom. But then you wake up and discover you've traded your private room at home for a 12x12 cinder-block cell with a stranger. No more free meals. No personal laundry service. Trips to the shower now require flip-flops. Wait, why are you doing this again? Never fear, we're here to help. Everything You Need to Know Before College is a definitive, one-stop survival guide to the opportunities, challenges, and potential pitfalls of college life. More than just an introduction to university living, this book leaves no collegiate stone unturned as we explore:
  • Being on your own for the first time
  • Adapting to different personalities
  • Dating smart in a no-rules environment
  • Finding crucial friendships and Christian support
  • How to make the most of your money
Matthew Paul Turner turns the standard collegiate guide inside out, sharing insight with his unique twist of irreverent humor and bold honesty that will help you make the best choices for your life after high school.

The former editor of CCM magazine, Matthew Paul Turner is the author of The Christian Culture Survival Guide and Everything You Need to Know Before College . With a focus on sharing spiritual relevancy in today's culture, Matthew is a frequent speaker at youth events across the country. He currently resides in Nashville, TN. Visit his website.

This book has lots of good information for the student anticipating the start of college. It covers a wide range of information and has some practical tips about roommates, money management, extra-curricular activities, roommates, and more. My one complaint is that it is a bit dated, particularly in references to cultural trends, which surprised me for a book less than five years old. But the world changes rapidly now!=. This is a light-hearted book with lots of humor thrown in, which will likely appeal to its intended audience. If they took the time to update it, it could be a great book for a college-bound teen to read.

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quilly said...

You know, our youth leader might be able to use this. A lot of the island students drag their feet about going off to college. It isn't that they don't want the education, it is that they wwere raised in an insulated fishbowl and know it. There are too many unknowns "away".

Just this Summer I talked to two different girls who quit college their freshman year and ran home because living "off island" was overwhelming. They are now both returning to college (two years older and hopefully wiser) ready to try again. Maybe if more of them were better prepared when they left the first time, they wouldn't return home frightened and defeated.

Cathy said...

Sounds like something my daughter should have read this summer.